Wray Scarecrow Festival

I am just loving the warmer weather as Spring has finally Sprung! And it’s a great chance to get out and about as a family at the weekend.


Last Sunday we visited the tiny quaint village of Wray for their annual Scarecrow Festival. It lasts for a full week ending on May Day for Wray Fair. It’s amazing how busy and popular such a tiny village can get so we decided to check it out at the beginning of the festival week when it was a little quieter.

The quaint little village of Wray.

The quaint little village of Wray.

The festival started in 1993 as a way of gathering more interest in the Wray Fair. The village committee couldn’t have anticipated how much interest the festival would have gathered. On the day of the fair the village was absolutely packed with no room for all the cars and running out of cups of tea!

Since then the village have now added a theme to the Scarecrow festival and have a better idea of the number of visitors to expect by adding an overflow car park and signs pointing visitors around the village.

This year’s theme was ‘Heroes and Villains’.



Our daughter was a bit ‘shy’ of the scarecrows or as she liked to call them ‘statues’. Buzz Lightyear is one of her favourite characters so we got  a photo with him. Although she now likes to call him ‘Lightning McBuzz’. I think she’s been watching a bit too much of ‘Cars’!

Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory

Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory


Sweeny Todd

The villagers were determined to put on a proper ‘show’ for visitors with some very creative displays, although I’m not entirely sure if ‘Sweeny Todd’ is a story our three year old needs to know about any time soon!!

She was very excited to see some pirates.

She was very excited to see some pirates.

Her new favourite film 'The Spitting One' aka 'Despicable Me'

Her new favourite film ‘The Spitting One’ aka ‘Despicable Me’

Of course the day wouldn’t have been complete without a trip to the play park. Thank you Village of Wray for a lovely Sunday afternoon!


Wibbly Wobbly!

Wibbly Wobbly!



For more information about the festival: http://www.vrwray.com/



Naughty Pirates


My daughter loves anything to do with pirates. One of her favourite programmes is called ‘Swashbuckle’ on CBeebies and she gets so excited when ‘Naughty Pirates’ comes on (her name for ‘Swashbuckle’). It’s so much fun watching her watch it as she gets really involved and loves shouting and pointing her finger at the TV saying, ‘Walk the plank! Walk the plank!’

One night as she was singing along to the theme tune as it started, “Hey! Ho! Swashbucklers Go! Take on the pirates, Yo Ho Ho!” I asked my daughter if she was hungry and if she’d like some tea, to which she replied in her fiercest pirate voice and throwing her arm across her chest, “Yes please, Captain Mummy!”

I couldn’t stop giggling!

Her vocabulary really is coming along in leaps an bounds at the moment as you would expect from a three and a half year old, but she does still have some adorable ways of saying some things:

Hula Hoop = Roopa Scoop

Photograph = Picturegraph (makes sense, really!)

And the names of some of her favourite films:

Happy Feet = White Penguin

Monster’s Inc = Green Bear, Blue Bear and Baby

Monster’s University = The Silly One

Cars = Lightning McQueen

Sweetpea Beauty = Pink Pea

Toy Story 2 = Woody, Jessie and Buzz

Toy Story 3 = The Train One

Dispicable Me = The Spitting One (??!?! I still can’t work that one out!)



Easter Fun 2014!

It's been a smashing Easter!

It’s been a smashing Easter!

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! I do realise there is a lot more to Easter than that, but we’ve certainly had enough chocolate today to last us the rest of the year!

It’s the first year that our daughter has had an idea of what to expect from Easter. She’s not quite of an age to understand the death and resurrection of Jesus but she was very excited about all her chocolate Easter eggs, making Easter Cake, going on an Easter Egg hunt and rolling some eggs she’d decorated last week!

Ready for rolling

Ready for rolling

We started the day by going to church. We had a churches together open air service in town this morning. Mairi called it ‘Party Church’ because it was where we went yesterday for the ‘Easter Party’, but the party did continue in her mind because she got another balloon and got to dance to more music! She was also excited to see a couple of her friends who she’d made some Easter Cakes for earlier this week.

mairi and cakes

Easter cakes ready to give to friends


Egg rolling in action












When we got home it was time for some egg rolling. It took a few goes to get the eggs cracked, but once they were she was very excited to have them for her lunch.

Whilst the lamb was roasting in the oven, we had an Easter Egg hunt in the living room (it was beginning to get a bit cold outside!)


Adding the finishing touches to the Easter Cake

Our yummy Easter Cake

Our yummy Easter Cake

We finished off the day with a surprise visit from Aunty Bethany, Uncle Andy and Jacob  and sharing our Easter Cake with them.



Easter Hope Festival

We had a fantastic time in Lancaster today celebrating Easter at the Hope Festival in Dalton Square. We drove past the square before finding somewhere to park and our daughter was so excited to see all the tents and balloons and asked if we could go to the ‘Easter Party’!

Mark Stevens Band

Mark Stevens Band

It was a perfect day to be out in the sun shine and there was so much to see and do. As soon as we arrived Mairi was offered a balloon (to be honest I think that was the only reason she wanted to go!) and as it was lunchtime we queued up for the barbecue listening to the live band as we waited.

Singing along to the band as we waited for our burgers.

Singing along to the band as we waited for our burgers.

There was a puppet show for the children as well as face painting and Henna Tattoos.  Mairi wasn’t interested in face painting but enjoyed the puppet show and the chocolate cake!

Enjoying the puppet show (even if the sun is in her eyes!)

Enjoying the puppet show (even if the sun is in her eyes!)


Thank you to all the Lancaster churches for putting on such a fantastic event yet again – we’re looking forward to next year already!



Toddler Talk #2


My daughter is sitting in her high chair watching CBeebies and eating her breakfast.

“I need to do your hair, Sweetpea.” I say to her endearingly.

“I’m not Sweetpea!” she replies indignantly.
“Oh, I’m sorry. Are you not Sweetpea?” I reply expecting her to want me to call her by her name.

“No! I’m Darling!”


Homemade Hot Cross Buns

It’s Good Friday and a great day to make Hot Cross Buns – I just wish I could say I was proud of my attempt (at least they do genuinely look homemade!) I remember making some last Easter and was pleased with them apart from the crosses dropping off (!) But this year I seem to have managed to burn them and spread the crosses all over the bun!! 😦 Anyhow, my family enjoyed them and somehow they do still taste good.


At least there’s no hiding the fact they’re homemade!

If anyone has any words of advice on how I can improve them next time, I would be very grateful.

Let’s hope tomorrow’s attempt at an Easter Cake is a bit more successful!


My husband the hero!

I came across this Thank You card today whilst I was doing some tidying up and was reminded of when we received it back in January.


The morning began just like any other morning. My husband was up early to take the dog a walk and a few minutes later I would prise myself out of bed before getting a rude awakening of ‘MUMMY!!!!’ being yelled through the baby monitor. I was just getting myself dressed when my husband came upstairs and into the bedroom:

“Are you planning on going into the garage this morning?” he said to me.

I was a little puzzled and said,”Errrr, no! Why would I be doing that?”

“It’s just because if you were, then you should know that there’s a dead cat in one of your Pampered Chef boxes in the garage.”

“A DEAD CAT??!! Why on earth do we have a DEAD CAT in our garage???!?!” It was now looking like my daughter would be getting the rude awakening this morning rather than me after my sudden outburst!

As the story unfolded, Jonathan explained that whilst he was walking the dog he noticed a cat lying in the middle of the road. It was still trying to move and had clearly only just been run over. So he picked it up and left it on the grass verge. On his way back home he went past the cat again to see how it was doing and he realised that unfortunately it hadn’t survived, but he noticed it had a collar with a phone number on it. So he came home for a box, went and collected it and called the phone number on the tag.

I was now feeling a little ashamed about my outburst and realised what a kind thing he had done recognising the poor cat as someone’s beloved pet and not just leaving it carelessly in the side of the road.

The owner’s lived just across the road from us and, although they were clearly upset about the loss of their cat, they were very grateful to my husband for taking the time to call them and let them collect it that morning. (He’d even taken one of our dog’s blankets and covered up the cat to make it look like it was curled up and sleeping all cosy in bed! What a softie!)

A couple of days later we were upstairs bathing our daughter when there was a knock at the door. It was the cat’s owners delivering a Thank You card and some chocolates. I didn’t truly realise the importance of what my husband had done that morning until I read the card:

“Dear Jonathan and family,

We would like to thank you so very much for being there for our beloved cat Sushi in his final moments. We appreciate your kindness of going back for him and contacting us very quickly to let us know what happened.

We let him out every morning at that time and he was always back before we set off to work. We would have been very worried about him if you had not done what you did for Sushi and ourselves.

Thank you once again, 

Fiona and Nic”